OUTSIDE MULLINGAR by John Patrick Shanley; directed by Lorry Lepaule
In this delightfully quirky love story, set in contemporary rural Ireland, two middle-aged farmers, Anthony and Rosemary, must overcome a land feud and their own clumsiness to find happiness. This romantic comedy by the author of Doubt and Moonstruck is lyrical, poetic, and utterly winsome.
WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? by Edward Albee; directed by Willo Hausman
One night. Four people. Two marriages. This classic American portrait of a tempest-tossed marriage returns to the Mendocino Theatre Company stage, a year after the playwright’s death. Gut-wrenching and visceral, this seminal work shows that Albee’s genius is as powerful and relevant today as it was fifty years ago.
THE OPEN HOUSE by Will Eno; Directed by Kerel Rennacker
Described by the New York Times as “a Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation,” playwright Will Eno has created a witty, inventive, and darkly humorous comedy of dysfunctional family dynamics in which a house remains stable, while its inhabitants morph radically.
THE FLICK by Annie Baker; directed by Stephanie C. Cunningham
A 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, The Flick is a rich and daring feat of hyper-realism that follows three young employees of a dilapidated movie theatre. Small loves and small crimes become epic under Baker’s intensely-focused gaze as the play slowly and quietly explores issues of race, class, sexuality, capitalism, and technology.
OR, by Liz Duffy Adams; directed by Betty Abramson
A sexy, modern account of one night in the life of Aphra Behn who, in addition to being an important playwright, was an international spy, a libertine, and a friend of King Charles II. As she struggles to complete her script, she is interrupted by friends, lovers and the king himself.
MORNING’S AT SEVEN by Paul Osborn; directed by Bob Cohen
This 1939 comedy follows four aging sisters as their lives are thrown into turmoil when one of their sons finally brings his longtime girlfriend home to meet the family. First performed by the Mendocino Theatre Company in 1987, it is a humorous look at the eccentricities, regrets, and longings that underlie the lives of ordinary people.